June marks the annual celebration of the people that make up the LGBTQA+ community, who are often overlooked and oppressed. It’s important to stand in solidarity with the queer community, now more than ever, especially because it includes Black people. HBO is showing their support with their first-ever digital Pride on the Human By Orientation site.
The network’s 2020 pride festivities kick off Thursday night and leads into a Juneteenth celebration. “I am very excited to perform a one-of-a-kind set that not only celebrates Pride, but also lands on this hallowed day in the Black community,” Todrick Hall. “Especially now, it’s so important for Black queer artists to have our voices heard. I’m so thankful to HBO for this platform.”
The virtual programming includes musical headliners, drag brunch, underground DJ sets, queer comedy night and more — all free to attend.
The celebration is going on until the end of the month and will feature performances by queer & trans people of color with art and music by Papi Juice. Then on Saturday, June 27th, enjoy an hour-long performance from pop sensation Kim Petras, who recently released her summer smash “Malibu.” Finally, HBO’s virtual Pride concludes with an intimate performance with headliner, Ms. Janelle Monáe, on Sunday, June 28th.
Do you remember that episode when Spongebob and Patrick had a baby? The beloved sponge was fed up with the starfish not holding his weight around the house. But it looks like there was a hidden message within this episode.
Nickelodeon is celebrating Pride Month with some of its LBGTQ+ characters and actors, which included our favorite sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
The network tweeted a photo of Spongebob on June 13th with pride colors. The revelation immediately erupted into a full-blown discourse on Twitter and some folks declared him a “gay icon.”
“Celebrating #Pride with the LBGTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month,” the official Nickelodeon account wrote. The tweet was assisted by graphics from artists Ramzy Masri.
In an interview with People in 2005, Spongebob Creator Stephen Hillenburg once described the main character as asexual – which is still a part of the LGBTQ+ community. “We never intended them to be gay,” Hillenburg said of Spongebob and Patrick. “I consider them to be asexual.” Backing up Stephen’s comments fans are emphasizing that the asexual representation on TV needs to be more inclusive and needed in pop culture.
Last week Da Brat made it Instagram official with her girlfriend, Jesseca Dupart, and now she’s explaining why she never confirmed her sexuality before.
“I guess I should just say a few things about it since this is the show that I’m on and everybody else talking about it and I did make a post,” she said on Rickey Smiley Morning Show last Friday.
The Hip Hop veteran said that she’s a private person and often times just let people speculate. She also reminded listeners that homosexuality wasn’t as accepted in the ’90s as it is now so that played a part in her being tight-lipped about it. “I never confirmed anything because in the ’90s, it wasn’t cool back in the day,” she continued. “I’m a little bit nervous because I’m not really used to talking about this thing because I’m not a public person when it comes to my personal life.”
“But when you get blessed and somebody when you weren’t even looking for nobody, and they love you like you’ve never been loved before, it’s a whole different experience,” Brat said of her relationship with the beauty mogul. “Like Jill Scott says, she loves me from my hair follicles down to my toenails. She inspires me, she believes in me, she motivate me, she accepts me for who I am — my past, my faults, mistakes. We can talk about anything and everything. There’s nothing I can’t talk to about with her and it’s just amazing,” she gushed.
Last Wednesday Dupart, known for her Kaleidoscope Beauty brand, shared a romantic photo of the couple embracing, confirming all the years of speculation about Brat’s sexuality. #LoveWins
Kanye Westand his complete transformation from hedonistic superstar to a faith-driven griot no longer beholden to his past have been met with both positive and negative results. The Chicago superstar will no doubt inspire more curious thought and critique after being announced as a headline for a 10-hour prayer rally known as Awaken 2020 which features notable critics of the LGBTQ movement.
As reported by local Arizona outlet ABC 15, West was announced as a headliner for the Awaken 2020 rally last week after tickets for the event were made available to the public, although it was a free event. The event sold out on Eventbrite by Jan. 8, and organizers have not released a final tally of registrations.
As noted by the outlet, West and his Sunday Service outfit will take the stage at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. in the city’s downtown section on Jan. 18. 2020.
This January 18th, 2020 at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, it’s time for you to be part of the Jesus awakening that is shifting HISTORY. Open the door and enter into a new era, a new decade, of revival that is bringing a movement of signs and wonders, healing of the sick, and preaching of the gospel.
Several outlets, such as the New York Daily News, has reported that Awaken 2020 will feature invited guests who have become infamous for their stances against the LGBTQ community. Guillermo Maldonado, who has publicly supported President Donald Trump, is a staunch critic of LGBTQ. Cindy Jacobs, a so-called prophet, is also known for her negative views of the LGBTQ community.
New year, new YG. The always very outspoken Bompton-born rapper is turning over a new leaf in the new decade and is apologizing for the views he held towards the LGBTQ community.
Yesterday (Jan.2), the rapper took to his Twitter account to issue the impromptu public apology that caught his followers by surprise.
“It’s been brought to my attention that my old views on life was ignorant. I apologize to the LGBTQ kommunity for ever komin across like I was anything but respectful and accepting. Live. Love. Ya Life. Gang!”
it’s been brought to my attention that my old views on life was ignorant. i apologize to the LGBTQ kommunity for ever komin across like i was anything but respectful and accepting. Live. Love. Ya Life. Gang!
It’s not clear what sparked YG’s epiphany, but some fans are alluding to the fact that YG dating Kehlani, who identifies as a queer, could be a reason for the apology. Reactions to the apology include either Kehlani has changed him for the better, or he is just doing to basically “appease” his lady.
Whatever the case might be, you know what we call this? It’s called growth, and we salute YG for stepping up to the plate. The “FDT” rapper is the latest celebrity to realize their previous stances when it comes to the LGBTQ community. Just recently, Eddie Murphy spoke on his old homophobic jokes make him “cringe” today.
“Some of it. Some of it, I cringe when I watch. I’m like, oh my God, I can’t believe I said that!”
We are here for our Black celebs having more acceptive views, plus nobody wants to be canceled cause those old headass Tweets and statements always find a way of coming back to haunt you *coughs* just ask Camila Cabello.
Sade’s son, Izaak Adu, took to Instagram to give an update after his gender reassignment surgery, or phalloplasty surgery.
The 23-year-old was away at a recovering facility recuperating for six months and had the support of his mother along the way.
Adu posted a picture of the soul singer nuzzled into his arm as he gazed with an endearing look. “It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!!” the captions reads. “Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens #mumma #lioness #queen #iloveyou.”
“This process is trying, tiring, painful, emotionally exhausting, physically exhausting, uncomfortable (like I can’t sleep like a normal human being rn lol) I often ask myself “why the f— do I have to endure this to be who I am,” he wrote.
“I am so, SO DAMN EXCITED, I just have to remind myself to be patient sometimes as I’m sure we all do. Big up to my Mumma, Pappa, family and friends for all the support you give me on the daily, it’ll never be forgotten,” the caption continued.
Abu is Sade’s only child. His father is reggae music producer, Bob Morgan.
Billy Porter inched one step closer to capturing the elusive EGOT quarter of awards, this after making history during last night’s Emmy Awards. The Pose star is the first openly gay Black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award.
Porter, 50, has emerged as one of the brightest star’s for FX’s hit series, Pose, which boasts the largest ensemble of transgender and LGBTQ and actors across any television show in its category. This follows Porter’s 2013 Tony Award win for the Broadway play Kinky Boots and his 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots as well.
During his acceptance speech, Porter quoted the late writer James Baldwin who also combated the stigma of being a Black gay creative during a time where criticism of one’s sexual orientation was barely tolerated by many.
“James Baldwin said “Took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I could walk around this Earth like I had the right to be here”,” Porter said in his speech. “I have the right, you have the right, we all have the right!”
As it has been noted in times past, Porter was indeed stylish per usual.
We hope the entire LGBTQ community and those that consider themselves allies had an amazing Pride Month for the entire duration of June!
As the Pride festivities comes to a close today, we wanted to identify that longstanding issue between those who proudly identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or any nonconforming sexual identity and the heteronormative and oftentimes hyper-masculine behavior that Hip-Hop has been built on for decades now, while also standing firmly against any kind of hate that may have resulted from that complicated relationship. Thankfully, we are progressing into a more inclusive era of human interaction, and there are many rappers who are helping to lead the way into a brighter future.
Keep scrolling for a look at five rappers who we feel will push the culture of Hip-Hop into a world that embraces the LGBTQ lifestyle:
As one of the forefront members of the highly popular “boyband” rap collective known as Brockhampton, Kevin Abstract has made it known countless times that he in fact a proud gay Black man. The 22-year-old came out in 2016, and proudly boasts his longtime boyfriend Jaden Walker on social media. Plus, he was one of the stars in Calvin Klein’s recent “I Speak My Truth in #MYCALVINS” campaign. Keep speaking it, fam!
One of the illest MCs to touch a mic in today’s era of rap, male or female alike, Young M.A is truly putting on with an unapologetic take on what it means to be a lesbian in Hip-Hop. The way she handled that unfortunate back-and-forth with Kodak Black earlier this year alone was worthy of respect, and we see her continuing to put on for the “AGs” that can finally see themselves represented in both her lyrics and personality. The story of her sexuality is broken down perfectly during her 2018 interview on Noisey’s The Therapist seen above.
You don’t have to “be” gay to show your Pride — that’s essentially what an ally is. Lil Uzi Vert has been doing so since his first run-in with mainstream success just a few years ago, especially with his flamboyantly fly outfit choices and mannerisms. Just a few days ago, he flexed on IG (seen above) rocking Nike’s latest BETRUE. collection for 2019, complete with a rainbow-themed tee and the new Air Max 720. Looking good, fam!
Even with a jaw-dropping girlfriend and beautiful newborn baby boy — what’s good young Charlie! — Taylor Bennett is very vocal about the fact that he is, in fact, bisexual. It’s a topic that plays a lot into his music, visuals for singles and most recent interviews, and he’s proving that sexuality doesn’t always have to fit into the box that society so often likes to put people in. Along with his big bro Chance the Rapper, Taylor Bennett is a much-needed voice in revolutionizing rap for the better.
Sometimes it starts from the top, and it doesn’t really get much higher than Shawn Carter when it comes to the rap game. As his mother Gloria Carter identifies as a lesbian herself, JAY-Z has one of the most personal connections to the LGBTQ community. However, the power he holds in changing the stigma of homophobia in Hip-Hop lies in the fact that, quite honestly, he used to be one of the main perpetrators of emasculating his foes with “F bombs” and derogatory bars during the earlier part of his career. It’s his strength in seeing those flaws, standing in his mistakes and ultimately being able to rap about them like he did with “Smile” off 4:44 (seen above) that truly makes him the biggest pioneer in bridging that gap between the two warring worlds. We see you, Hov.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z faced some criticism from the LGBTQ community after it was announced they would both receive the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. Queen Bey gave an emotional speech devoted to her late uncle, while Hov honored his mother during his moment to speak.
They used only five minutes at the podium, but it paid off in a big way, judging, first, by the standing ovation they received as they made their way to the stage and, later, by the shouts and applause they received during their remarks. Those included honoring their respective gay relatives (Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter; Beyoncé’s uncle Johnny), preaching a message of love and acceptance and returning heartfelt gratitude to LGBTQ fans and the GLAAD organization.
It’s also important to point out what happened before they planted any shoes onstage. Both Beyoncé and Jay-Z seemed pleasantly shocked and humbled to see a quartet of unannounced presenters take turns detailing their advocacy, humanity and friendship. There was Emmy-winning multi-hyphenate Lena Waithe, transgender writer and producer Janet Mock, HIV activist Morris Singletary and Bey’s longtime stylist Ty Hunter.
Waithe called them the most powerful black people in the country; Mock cited the significance of them casting her in the Ava DuVernay-directed music video for “Family Feud”; Singletary said their concerts are akin to world peace; and Hunter, plucked from obscurity inside Houston’s Galleria mall by Tina Knowles and placed on tour with Destiny’s Child, detailed the most powerful lesson he’s learned from “the Carters,” which is this: “Love is love.”
Sunday night (March 10), Dave Chappelle and R&B singer Daniel Caesar made guest appearances on John Mayer’s Instagram Live show Current Mood. The encounter between the comedian and the “Get You” singer, however, was fumbling and awkward. The moment Mayer introduces Daniel Caesar for a performance, Chappelle interjects and comments, “very gay.” “What?” Mayer reacts after processing what Chappelle said. Chappelle continued, “Huh? Oh, I’m sorry, did I say that out loud? I’m just kidding.” Dave Chappelle Wins Best Comedy Album Grammy For 2nd Straight Year After reading the room, which had scattered laughter, Chappelle counters with more humor. “Daniel Caesar is a musician from Toronto that I just met tonight — Black,” he continues. “I got jealous. I didn’t know John had other Black friends.” “What the f*ck was that?” Caesar is heard saying off-camera. “What I said?” Chappelle responds. “Did I offend you?” “Yeah,” Caesar reveals. Dave Chappelle Details The Night R. Kelly Confronted Him With His Goons John Mayer then steps in to handle damage control, getting both parties to agree that they were drunk. “Oh my God, if I fistfight tonight I’m going to be furious,” Chappelle continues to joke, ignoring Caesar’s obvious gripe. “Dave,” Mayer continues, “People just saw for a minute what happens when you speak freely, and there’s alcohol in your hand, and you’re working free association, and you accidentally say something that trips someone’s feelings up.” “The wrong word is ‘accidentally,'” Chappelle interjects, double-downing on his initial joke. Dave Chappelle & Jon Stewart Talk Politics Unusual (Video) “Of course it’s an accident, but you have to clean it up. It’s a three-second clean-up,” Mayer continues. “No!” Chappelle says. “The guy is working on for the first time on social media,” Mayer says, “I don’t want to speak for you.” Chappelle then attempts to silence Mayer and speak toward the camera while addressing Caesar, who is still off camera: “Before this broadcast started, me and this brother sat at a piano. He played expertly, beautifully, I had never met him before. And I knew for a fact that I was in the presence of not just someone that was good, but someone that was great. But the fact that I offended you as a comedian…” Dave Chappelle Has A Serious Conversation About Living A Happy Life (Video) “I’m being sensitive,” Caesar says. “Correct,” Chappelle agrees. Mayer is heard in the background still attempting to steer the conversation, saying “I don’t think that’s true.” “I’m trying to think about this,” Caesar says. “Maybe I am being sensitive.” Chappelle countered, “Daniel, I thought about it. You are.” At the very end of the video, viewers see Caesar and Chappelle making up for the camera. Daniel Caesar Has The Makings Of A Great Modern-Day Soul Singer. Just Watch (Video) Notably, this is not the first time Chappelle has made remarks about members of the LGBTIQ+ community. On his first two Netflix specials, The Age Of Spin and Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Chappelle made jokes aimed toward both transgender and gay people within his act. At the time of those specials, The Guardian‘s Brian Logan analyzed the comedy of Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais, especially as it pertains to the LGBTIQ+ community. “[Dave] Chappelle spends substantial time across the two shows joking about gay and transgender people, usually from the perspective of a bemused straight man who finds those other identities inherently amusing,” wrote the author, who does not agree that comedians have license to say whatever they want under the auspices of “jokes.” Dave Chappelle & Kendrick Lamar Have A Deep Conversation Between 2 Masters At Work As the line between what’s funny and what’s offensive is shifting, Dave Chappelle and Daniel Caesar’s exchange may have shown some of that evolution in real-time.